About AC Finchley Football Club
In the words of our founding chairman, Franco Sidoli, the Club’s role is, in part, “to make our youth and young adults more responsible, more disciplined, always seeking to improve themselves and their self-esteem and to gain a feeling of true worth”. In our own small way we feel we can provide an important support system for young people. Unlike some clubs, we are committed to players above the age of 16 as we believe that this age-group also requires a focus that can distract them from less positive behaviour. Our players are expected to have respect for their team mates, their coaches and their opponents and to play the game in the right spirit. The same emphasis on “respect” also applies to our coaches and supporters.
Clearly the health, safety and welfare of every player is our most important priority but we also want to provide a happy and inclusive environment in which our players can learn and develop. We want our players to enjoy their football and their time with their team mates, so our emphasis is on performance and behaviour, not primarily on results. At AC Finchley no-one is excluded from playing football for reasons of gender, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour or religion.
The Club’s continued progress and success is due to the hard work and dedication of its coaches, its committee, the players and their families and friends and many other supporters. We are especially grateful to our team sponsors and hope that you will support them as they support us.
In the Club’s first season in 2005, we fielded 13 teams from Under 8 to adults. In the relatively brief period since then the Club has more than doubled in size to 28 teams this season and, at the same time, has managed to obtain Charter Standard Community Club status, testament to the hard work and dedication of its committee, coaches and many other officers and helpers. From the outset the Club has sought to have at least two teams at every age group so as to be able to cater for as wide a range of ability as possible.
The teams from Under 18 and below have always played in the Watford Friendly League where they have enjoyed a good degree of success. One of our Adult teams plays in the West Herts Saturday League and the other plays in the Harrow Sunday Challenge League. It gives us great satisfaction to see our players continue to play for the Club from a young age to adulthood.
At the youngest age levels we are fortunate to enjoy a close collaboration with Non-Stop Action sports coaching company which provides us with the expertise and support to keep a flow of young people joining the club; indeed, a number of their coaches also coach AC Finchley teams.
We require all our coaches to achieve at least the FA Level 1 coaching certificate and we encourage and support them to go further to develop their coaching skills in order to do the best by themselves and their players. A significant number of our coaches have the FA Level 2 certificate as well as the age appropriate Youth Awards Module 1, Module 2 and Module 3, and some Level 3 (UEFA B). At the youngest age groups, our players are coached by experienced, professional coaches, as we believe that young players require coaches with specialist experience working with the younger age groups.
PROFESSIONAL CLUB PATHWAYS
Over the years a number of our players have progressed to the next level and joined various professional clubs academies and we are delighted when this happens. If it is right for the player at the time and they can be safe in the knowledge that they will be welcomed back should they wish to return. AC Finchley has forged links with a number of professional clubs and will offer help and guidance for players that are ready to make the step up. Despite the fact we are a relatively young club, we can boast “our” international successes. Kodi Lyons-Foster who was with us at U10 and U11, joined the Tottenham Academy and has since represented England at U16 level. Sabrina Roach played for the Club from U9 to U11 and was then scouted to join Watford. She has since gone on to become the first member of Watford’s Girls Centre of Football Excellence to represent England.
Francesco Giacon (Chairman)
AC Finchley CIC is a company incorporated in England and Wales (company number 06330083) whose registered office is at Acre House, 11-15 William Road, London NW1 3ER.